On March 21st, the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) illegitimately adopted a resolution that codifies the systematic discrimination of Jewish students on campus. “The Palestine Question” spreads several falsehoods about the State of Israel, claiming the country is an “apartheid” state and is solely responsible for the plight of the Palestinian people.
Most egregiously, the resolution calls for McGill University and SSMU to end collaboration with Israeli academic institutions and endorse Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), a campus group that has routinely accosted Jewish students on campus, lionized terrorists, and pushed antisemitic conspiracy theories, including the unfounded notion of a “blacklist” targeting Palestinian students.
On March 12, several Jewish students raised concerns about SPHR’s misinformation, antisemitism, and possible legal implications to SSMU’s internal judiciary committee. Following this, SSMU’s semi-autonomous election-management subsidiary, “Elections SSMU,” suspended the resolution pending a legal review.
SPHR pressured Elections SSMU to reinstate the resolution, violating the integrity of civic processes at McGill by advancing an antisemitic agenda.
This proves that the students behind this malign, anti-Israel agenda are committed to antagonizing the Jewish community on campus at any cost. SPHR and SSMU must be held accountable for circumventing the political processes meant to represent and protect student voices on campus.